A short story about Serena and what happened in 17.6 2013
We were sailing from Azores to Spain, when the storm started. Waves became bigger and bigger and suddenly they were 20 meter high. One of these superwaves broked our sailboat and also plenty of water came inside. Because of that also electrical things went broken.
We were rescued by a helicopter to Portugal and the boat started drifting all alone.
We got plenty of information of her trip by chargo ships. French Warship Crew visited in our boat in October and rescued few things, which are now in Finland. They took also pictures of Serena.
Second visit in to the boat was December, when French ROV Crew visited there and we got really nice pictures from inside and outside. Damaged were not so bad and plenty of things were ok.
As usually, insurance company is not the best friend and we are still waiting our money.
So it not a surprise, that everything which is left in our boat, is very valuable to us.
Were immediately activated means the Portuguese Air Force taking off from Air Base No. 6, Montijo, a C-295 Fleet 502 and EH-101 "Merlin" of 751 Squadron. EH-101 "Merlin" taken off at around 19:00 local towards SERENA which was substantially the nautical Montijo 340 miles. Upon reaching the zone of operations the crew of 751 Squadron encountered adverse weather conditions: winds of around 40kts and waves of 6 meters. The recovery of the four individuals was completed after about half an hour with the EH-101 "Merlin" directed at the AM1 Ovar.
The mission was completed after five hours of flight.
Thank you very much for the information of the moment when 751 Squadron arriwed and rescued us.
We know only situation at 13.00 when the big waves broken the Serena. Wind was ower 50 kts and wawes were 15 -20 meter high. After that we had quite busy time...